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Friday, June 13, 2008

Lack of 1 Vitamin Ups Heart Attack Risk

Vitamin Shoppe Monthly SpecialsMen, how much vitamin D do you get every day? Chances are, you have no clue. You might want to figure it out. Men who have a vitamin D deficiency appear to have a higher risk of having a heart attack, according to new research from the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. HealthDay News reports that the findings are so conclusive that current dietary requirements need to be increased.

The study: In a 10-year project, the team analyzed medical records and blood samples from 454 men, ages 40 to 75, all of whom had suffered a nonfatal heart attack or died of heart disease. They were compared to 900 men who had no history of cardiovascular disease.

The results: The men who had a vitamin D deficiency were 2.5 times more likely to suffer a heart attack--and a fatal one at that--than did those who had a sufficient amount of vitamin D, according to study leader Dr. Edward Giovannucci. "After additional adjustment for family history of myocardial infarction, body-mass index, alcohol consumption, physical activity, history of diabetes mellitus and hypertension, ethnicity, region, marine omega-3 intake, low- and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, this relationship remained significant," the study authors wrote in the June 9 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Vitamin D deficiency has been related to an increasing number of conditions and to total mortality. These results further support an important role for vitamin D in myocardial infarction risk."

Vitamin D is often called the "sunshine vitamin," since we get it when the skin is exposed to sunlight, but with concerns about skin cancer, we're getting less exposure to the sun. Vitamin D is also found in fortified milk and cold cereals and naturally in salmon and other fatty fish. A vitamin D deficiency in children can lead to rickets. Recent medical studies have shown that vitamin D can protect us from some types of cancer, heart attacks, heart failure and stroke.
source: Netscape.com

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